Perfect Pesto

3 cups packed fresh basil leaves
4 cloves garlic. peeled
3/4 cup grated Paremesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup chopped, fresh parsly (optional)

Combine basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, olive oil and pine nuts in the bowl of a food processor or blender.  Blend to a smooth paste.  Add parsley if desired.  Yields 16 servings.

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